Jarrell Miller calls out Wilder, Martin and Joshua
By Allan Fox: #15 WBA heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) showed good punching power last Friday night in dispatching the much smaller 218lb Donovan Dennis (12-3, 10 KOs) in the 7th round in their fight at the Casino Del Sol, in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Miller hurt Dennis with a hard right hand to the head in the 7th. Miller than finished Dennis off with a powerful left-right combination that had him out on his feet and helpless. Referee Tony Zaino stepped in at that point and stopped the fight at 2:31 of the round before Miller could hit Dennis again.
Earlier in the fight, Miller knocked Dennis down twice in the first round with hard punches to the head. The first knockdown came from a right hand from Miller. Moments later, Miller knocked Dennis down with a left hook.
“Charles Martin, I’m coming for you. Deontay Wilder, boy, I’m coming for your Alabama BBQ,” said Miller after the fight. “Tyson Fury, I’m coming for you, and that Calvin Klein, English muffin eating sucker Joshua Anthony, boy, I’m coming for you. Just wait,” Miller said.
Miller, 27, doesn’t look ready to be fighting the likes of Wilder, Fury, Martin and Joshua at this point. First of all, the 6’4” Miller needs to lose some weight before he starts thinking of taking on the top fighters in the heavyweight division. Miller weighed in at 274lbs last Thursday night at the weigh-in.
Ideally, Miller needs to trim down 20 to 25 pounds to get to around 250 before he should start considering fights against the aforementioned fighters. Right now, Miller is just too flabby and he doesn’t have great stamina. Miller looked like he gassed out after the 1st round, when attempting to score a knockout.
It wasn’t until the 7th that he seemed to get his second wind. In the meantime, Dennis was nailing him with shots round after round. If Miller had been in the ring with the likes of Wilder, Joshua, Martin and Fury, they probably would have knocked him out long before the 7th. Miller isn’t exactly hard to hit. Dennis was able to hit him with everything he threw. The problem that Dennis had was he only weighed 218lbs, and didn’t have the size to hurt Miller with his shots.
— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) January 23, 2016
“I had him out in the first round, but I threw my shoulder out throwing a left hook. I was looking for the knockout so bad he started catching me with some shots,” Miller said. “So then I decided to box a little bit and that’s what I did until the knockout came. I’m glad it went seven rounds. It taught me to go to Plan B. I can box beautifully when I want and I showed some of that tonight. It was good experience. My power was there; my wind was good. I was breathing well and seeing the shots.”
Miller has the potentially to knockout anybody in the division if he can jump on them in the first round like he did with Dennis. Miller’s punching power is first rate. However, if he doesn’t score a quick knockout, he’s likely to gas out and wind up getting stopped himself against a good heavyweight. It probably won’t take the top guys to do it. The way Miller looked against Dennis, some of the midrange heavyweights like Bryant Jennings and Kubrat Pulev would likely beat him.